DeMarcus Cousins, Rudy Gay and Rajon Rondo were held out of Tuesday’s game against the Blazers for rest.
I guess it makes sense because they have a long playoff run ahead of them….Wait, they don’t. The season ends on April 13th and they have a good six months until the start of the regular season.
Teams should think more about the fans who spend money on tickets to see their favorite players in action. It’s not cheap to go to a game, and I think it’s wrong for players to sit out even if their team is out of the playoff picture. I saw many photos on social media of Kings fans who were in Portland to see Sacramento play. Hell, I guarantee you had some Blazers fans who would’ve liked to see Cousins in action.
I understand that the Kings don’t want to lose their draft pick. I also know that even IF Cousins, Rondo and Gay played, the Kings probably wouldn’t have won that game so it wouldn’t have impacted the pick.
I’m not advocating that Cousins, Gay and Rondo should play 30-plus minutes but how about we meet in the middle?
Play your main guys 12-15 minutes so the fans get to see them and then go with your young guys. I have no problem with expanded minutes for Willie Cauley-Stein, Seth Curry and Ben McLemore.
You can please the fans who want to see your main players, develop your young guys and hold on to your prized draft pick. I don’t think that’s asking too much.